Ecosystem Restoration: Moving beyond anthropocentric approaches

In 2019, the United Nations declared 2021-2030 to be the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. The General Assembly emphasised that since 2030 is the deadline for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, urgent and efficient action for kickstarting ecosystem restoration projects is the need of the hour. 2019 was also the year in which the Society for Ecological Restoration released its International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, which contains protocols and best practices for running restoration projects from micro to macro levels. However, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the immediate implementation of these new guidelines and standards. Because of this delay, on this year’s World Environment Day, we are faced with a challenge that is all the more urgent in our crisis-ridden world.